The ICPC had the privilege of participating in the First Inter-American Conference of Crime Analysis Observatories and Centres, held online from November 21 to 22, 2023.
Organized by the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (DSP/OAS) and the Latin American Institute for Security and Democracy, and attended by some 150 participants, this was an opportunity for many representatives of research organizations, political and legal institutions, to exchange views on new methodologies, tools and public policies to combat the rise in insecurity and all forms of crime in the Americas.
It was in this context that Oscar Figueroa, strategic consultant for Latin America at the ICPC, moderated a panel on the impact of different tools used and their application to geospatial crime analysis. This panel included an intervention by CentroGeo, with the participation of Pablo López Ramírez, General Director, Oscar Gerardo Sánchez Siordia, Coordinator (Yucatán headquarters), and Carlos Vilalta, Research Professor, in addition to an intervention by Arturo Arango, Director of CrimiPol, who had the opportunity to present tools and products developed from geospatial crime analysis.
The first session of the 2023 Inter-American Community of Crime Observatories, Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States, was held on April 26. The ICPC was represented at the event by Oscar Figueroa, the organization’s Latin American consultant.
The session focused on the transfer of prevention and security models between two municipalities in the region, and the important role played by Observatories in the design, implementation, and monitoring of projects. Representatives from the municipality of Peñalolén (Chile) and the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico) shared their respective models of rights promotion and social prevention, as well as their model of social proximity, and also shared the lessons learned from the exchange and transfers carried out. Security experts emphasized the importance of collaboration and communication between crime observatories to achieve effective security solutions.
The ICPChas published its firstreport on crime in the Agglomeration of Montreal.
The report provides an overview of the offences that took place in the territory over the last few years, for the nineteen boroughs and fourteen related cities that make up the Urban Agglomeration of Montreal. It allows us, among other things, to know and understand the crime data collected according to the rules of the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR 2.2) of the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety, from 2015 to 2020.
This report is divided into two sections with six chapters:
- The first section presents the state of crime in Montreal and specifically addresses the evolving trends in crimes against the person and crimes against property, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the latter, as well as the spatial, geographical and relational dimensions of crime in the territory.
- The second section focuses on specific issues of concern to policy makers.
The chapters included in this section integrate an in-depth analysis of the components of offences related to the themes of sexual offences and conjugal and intra-family violence.
Friday June 4th, at the end of the DataJam Against Exploitation that brought together 75 participants of 16 different nationalities, the winning teams were announced. In first place came Buyer Resist from Vancouver who created a web app that helped track traffickers by comparing the text from escort agency adds across Canada. They will receive a monetary prize and a spot in the IBM Incubator Program to help them further develop their project. They will also be invited to participate in the DataJam Pasos Libres 2021 that will take place on a world-wide scale in the fall, and lastly, their project will be promoted by all the co-organizers of the DataJam Against Exploitation.
Team Scotiabank AMA from Toronto, 5 data scientists from Scotiabank Anti-Money Laundering Models and Analytics (AML), came in second place, and the third place went to CDL Team from Montreal and affiliated with Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (Mila). This event marked the official ending of the competition.
The ICPC met with various community and institutional key actors working in the Saint-Laurent neighbourhood as part of the process leading up to a local safety audit.
This focus group’s goal was to better contextualize local realities, to identify the more at-risk parties, and to shed light on emerging problems that might not have been brought up in literature reviews or statistics. Speaking with local actors provides us with a more accurate view of local crime issues.
The local safety audit will be finished in June 2021.
A FIRST NATION-WIDE TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION COMPETITION TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CANADA IS LAUNCHED
The ICPC, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM, are proud to announce the launch of “DataJam Against Exploitation”, the country’s first of its kind online innovation competition aimed at developing technological solutions to identify and combat human trafficking in Canada, particularly among youth as well as Indigenous and LGBTQI+ communities. This competition is funded by the Government of Canada.
In its resolution 72/192, the General Assembly decided that the following issues would be considered in workshops:
(a) Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices
(b) Reducing reoffending: identifying risks and developing solutions
(c) Education and youth engagement as key to making societies resilient to crime
(d) Current crime trends, recent developments and emerging solutions, in particular new technologies as means and tools to combat crime
ICPC, which is part of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme network, contributed remotely to the preparation and organization of Workshop 1: Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices as part of a segment on comprehensive strategies for crime prevention towards social and economic development. This two-day workshop will enable participants to become more familiar with different approaches and best practices in evaluation, indicator production and statistical data collection to support evidence-based crime prevention.